Americans love their God-forsaken cars - Trina Trice

It makes sense that the people who live in this country are madly in love, if not obsessed, with the very thing that makes us both innocent Americans and the devil incarnate in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Exemplifying the vroom, vroom love that dare not speak its name are those hacks with a little imagination?Hollywood moviemakers.

Last year, the Vin Diesel vehicle, "The Fast and the Furious" came out in theaters and was quite successful, despite a cast of so-so actors who could barely deliver lines from the elementary script.

But Diesel and co-star Paul Walker are cute, as is stereotyped tough girl Michelle Rodriguez, so it was worth getting through it.

"The Fast and the Furious" was less about cute actors, though, and more about cars, how fast they can go, how many colors they come in, etc.

That particular movie also showed the many ways to die or break your neck in a car, which is as informative as it is entertaining.

Back to cars in general, though. You can't watch a hip-hop video without watching a line of cars being humped incessantly by brown, yellow, and red-skinned hootchie vixens donning hot pants and stiletto heels.

Jennifer Lopez, or J.Ho as I like to call her, drives a Bentley. Teen actor Frankie Muniz of the TV show "Malcolm in the Middle" owns several sports cars worth more than $100,000 each.

Lopez's ex-beau, P. Diddy, or Sean "Puffy" Combs, is supposedly planning to design a line of custom-made Lincoln Navigators that will carry the name of his fashion label "Sean John." The SUVs will probably cost more than $80,000, which is $30,000 more than a standard Navigator, and will feature multiple DVD players and TV screens, vibrating and heated seats, and a PlayStation 2 video game system.

Believe me, if that line comes out, every single Sean John Navigator would sell. Even as slow as our economy is, now, Americans are still shelling out money for new cars.

I've seen new Jaguars, Mercedes, BMWs, Expeditions, and even Hummers on the road zooming by me.

Even though I know those kinds of cars are beyond my means, I consider my old (it's a 1995) Honda just as valuable because it allows me to get around.

I like listening to my radio. I like the power of going where I want to go when I want to go. The experience I have when I ride the bus or the train is always the same ? uncomfortable and annoying.

As much as I'd like to be a friend to the environment, I can't give up the convenience of my car.

Nor can millions of other Americans. So no matter how much you were against the war with Iraq, you are just as supportive of it, as those who threatened to send you to Iraq because you are un-American, if you drive a car, especially an SUV.

God, forgive us all.

Trina Trice is the education reporter for the News Daily. She may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 247 or at ttrice@news-daily.com